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falsely inscribed in standard script on the base in underglaze blue in two columns of three characters each: Da Ming Wanli nian zhi (made in the Wanli reign of the great Ming dynasty)


(Parish-Watson Gallery, New York); sold December 1940 to Harry G. Steele [1881-1942], Pasadena; his widow, Grace C. Steele [d. 1974]; gift 1972 to NGA.

Bower, Virginia, Josephine Hadley Knapp, Stephen Little, and Robert Wilson Torchia. Decorative Arts, Part II: Far Eastern Ceramics and Paintings; Persian and Indian Rugs and Carpets. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1998: 269, color repro.
Technical Summary

The foot-ring is rounded, with a glazed base. There are four spur marks on the base.